A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 4

{Ed. Note: This is part 4 (the final part) of a series looking at a mix of Limited Edition Club (LEC) publications from the Shiff-era; an era in which the book form was elevated to an art in itself, publishing editions with no expense spared. See here for part 1, here for part 2 and here for part 3. There will be a few more Shiff era books reviewed … Continue reading A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 4

A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 3

{Ed. Note: This is part 3 of a series looking at a mix of Limited Edition Club (LEC) publications from the Shiff-era; an era in which the book form was elevated to an art in itself, publishing editions with no expense spared. See here for part 1 and here for part 2.} Part two of this series on Shiff-era LEC’s focused on highlighting great works by African-American … Continue reading A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 3

A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 1

As long time readers of Books and Vines know, I had a chance to spend an afternoon with Jeannie Shiff at the Limited Editions Club office in October 2011. While I have since posted reviews of many of the LEC’s of the Shiff era, I must admit that there are a large number that I have been very deficient in getting around to posting. I … Continue reading A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 1

The Revelation of Saint John the Divine, Limited Editions Club, 1995

The Revelation of Saint John the Divine (also known as Book of Revelation or Apocalypse of John) is certainly one of the more intriguing books of the Bible. As an apocalyptic work, it contains prophetic accounts of visionary experiences with vivid symbolism and predictions of future events; ultimately focusing on good versus evil, divine judgement and on a World to Come (versus the present world). The end of time scenarios seem to receive … Continue reading The Revelation of Saint John the Divine, Limited Editions Club, 1995

Sight and Touch, by Octavio Paz, Illustrated by Balthus, Limited Editions Club, 1995

{Ed. Note: Books and Vines provided a quick review of Sight and Touch, from the Limited Editions Club (LEC), after an October 2011 visit to LEC’s Jeanne Shiff in New York City.  Now that I have Sight and Touch in my own hands, and have a better camera, I am re-posting an updated review with better pictures and additional comments. Remember that you can click on the … Continue reading Sight and Touch, by Octavio Paz, Illustrated by Balthus, Limited Editions Club, 1995

Bookmarks in the Pages of Life, by Zora Neale Hurston, Limited Editions Club, 2000

Bookmarks in the Pages of Life contains six stories from Zora Hurston, taking place from the time of slavery to 1930’s and 1940’s Harlem and small-town Florida and range from courtroom drama to misadventure and comedy. Zora Neale Hurston (1891 – 1960) was an American author considered one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century African-American literature. She is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Much of … Continue reading Bookmarks in the Pages of Life, by Zora Neale Hurston, Limited Editions Club, 2000

Cathay, Poems After Li Po, by Ezra Pound, Limited Editions Club

One of the more interesting selections of the Limited Editions Club (LEC) in its later years was the publication of Cathay, Poems After Li Po, by Ezra Pound.  Pound is extremely controversial (as you will read about below), so this was clearly a case of valuing the art despite the artist. There is no questioning the literary merits of this work. Though Pound knew no … Continue reading Cathay, Poems After Li Po, by Ezra Pound, Limited Editions Club